PM announces support for security initiatives in Thailand and Southeast Asia

New measures will enhance cooperation in the fight against human smuggling

Bangkok, Thailand
24 March 2012

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canadian support for projects that will enhance peace and security in Thailand and Southeast Asia by addressing the threats of human smuggling, which also affects Canada’s security. The announcement was made during an official visit to Thailand by the Prime Minister.

“Thailand is an important partner in efforts to reduce human smuggling and terrorism in Southeast Asia,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The support being announced today will help the Thai government make the country safer for its citizens and foreign travellers, and ensure it is not used as a conduit for human smuggling.”

Support for projects that combat human smuggling in Thailand and Southeast Asia will be provided through the Government of Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP), and will enhance stability through increased cooperation and capacity building.

Today’s announcement builds upon previous Canadian efforts to support security and stability in the region, including programs under Canada’s Counter-Terrorism Capacity-Building Program (CTCBP). These initiatives not only help address security issues in the region, but also address threats to Canadians and Canadian interests.

Canada and Thailand further reiterated their commitment to working together to address security issues with the March 23, 2012, signing of a Letter of Understanding (LOU). This LOU provides a framework to guide and facilitate future security capacity building programming between the two countries.